Posts Tagged ‘camping knives’

Serrated Knives: When They’re Great and When They’re Not

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Serrated knives are well suited to tasks that involve tearing and sawing. Compared to a traditional knife blade, the zigzag edge of a serrated hunting knife provides more surface area for cutting. This means serrated knives often stay sharp longer than their smooth-edge counterparts. However, it is difficult to sharpen serrated knives in the wilderness; all but the most experienced knife owners must take their serrated camping knives to a professional for sharpening.

As you can see, serrated knives pose both advantages and disadvantages. These characteristics make serrated camping knives well suited to certain activities and difficult to use in others, as outlined below. (more…)

Gearing Up for Snow Camping: Knives and other Essentials

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Snow Camping at Lake Easton State ParkCold weather does not mean the end to outdoor fun. The winter season can provide an exciting challenge if you love to camp because of the new experiences it provides and because it gives you a good excuse to use your camping knives and multi-tool. Snow camping requires more preparation and special equipment than camping during other weather conditions, so you’ll need to take extra precautions and take the time to prepare in order to maximize the amount of fun you will have.

Snow Camping Overview

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Putting Your Camping Knives to Bed for Winter

Friday, November 4th, 2011

C244305 Damascus FolderAfter a long spring and summer filled with outdoor adventures and fun, the time has come for most of us to put our camping knives away for the winter. Most household knives are kept in loosely in a drawer, and this may be fine for your lesser quality steel; however, quality camping knives deserve better treatment.

Because a camping knife is made for rugged utility – not cutting up a tomato or buttering your toast – you’ll want to take a little more care when preparing your outdoor knives for winter storage.

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What NOT to Do With Your Camping Knife

Friday, October 14th, 2011

A Family PastimeIf you are an avid collector of knives, then you probably value the condition of your collection – even your utility camping knives. A quality camping knife, however, can quickly deteriorate if used improperly. The most important thing to remember about preserving the condition of your knives is to use them only for their intended purpose.

In order to keep your camping knives in top shape, here’s a look at what NOT to do with them: (more…)

Beginners’ Backpacking Spots in the Pacific Northwest

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Backpacking in the Pacific Northwest can be an amazing adventure, as well as a rewarding way to enjoy the outdoors. For beginners, however, it can seem grueling at first – carrying 30 pounds or more on your back while hiking across rugged terrain requires you to develop muscles you never knew you had.

New backpackers who are looking to get some experience under their belts should start slow, with a 5-7 miles per day hike over easy terrain. It’s also important for beginners to make sure they’ve got the essential safety gear covered, including an LED headlamp and sturdy camping knives or multi-tools. Preparation is the key to any successful backpacking trip.

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Sharpening Knives: 3 Common Mistakes

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Sharpening a knife correctly requires time and patience, as it is a skill that must be learned through practice. It’s also an essential habit for maintaining your camping or sporting knives – a sharp knife is a safe knife.

If you own sporting knives, or even just regular kitchen knives, learning how to sharpen them properly can be frustrating, especially if you make one of these common knife sharpening mistakes: (more…)

5 Tips for Simple Campfire Meals

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Cooking while camping can be a challenge, especially when space is limited. Fortunately, you don’t need to bring your entire kitchen with you in order to eat well at the campsite; generally, the right camping knives and multi-tools can supply most of the utensils you’ll need. The following are some suggestions for simplifying your campfire cooking so you can dine heartily without overstuffing your pack.

1. Plan your meals before you leave. When space is limited, every item has to count. Carefully plan out each meal and bring only what you need. If possible, pre-measure your ingredients into re-sealable bags, organize them by meal, and group items in color-coded stuff sacks.

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Backpacking: How to Properly Load your Pack

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Many experienced backpackers have honed their pack loading skills to a science. For those just starting out, however, loading up a pack for a multi-day backcountry trip can seem baffling. Not only do you have to make everything fit, but you need to position your gear for optimal weight distribution as well as accessibility. The last thing you need when night falls is to have to dig through your pack in the dark to find your LED headlamp.

While the finer points of pack loading are often learned through experience, there are some basic principles you can follow to ensure your gear – and your own safety – are protected. (more…)